LA Show Highlights: American Luxury Sedans Tempt SoCal

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This year’s LA Auto Show highlights the debut of Italian carmaker, such as 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia and 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. So, what’s up to American national brand? Take it easy, because at least there are two American brands (luxury brands, actually) that make world debut at the annual auto show. Buick introduced the latest generation of LaCrosse, meanwhile Lincoln revealed the refreshment of MKZ.

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One of GM’s division, Buick, unveiled the third generation of LaCrosse at 2015 LA Auto Show. Seems like the American automaker wants to show us the new definition of luxury through its flagship. The 2017 LaCrosse was built based-on the Avenir Concept that made its debut at this year’s Detroit Motor Show.

Unfortunately, the implementation of Avenir exterior design less than the maximum. Up front, we are still be able to see Avenir-inspired design a bit, such as its bigger headlights features LED Daytime Running Lights, the blacked waterfall grille that combines with horizontal-chromed lines, and chrome accent on the front bumper.

If at the front we can see the inspiration of Avenir Concept, at the rear we won’t see that. The rear design is plain or even boring. There’s no boomerang-like LED taillights and vertical lines that you have seen on Avenir Concept. Those elements are replaced by C-shaped LED taillights and chromed exhaust to add an elegant impression.

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Move to the cabin. Its interior design is fairly luxury thanks to leather and wood trim. Inside, there are 4-spoke steering wheel, BMW-like transmission shift-knob, 8-inch touchscreen at the center cockpit, and buttons below the screen that easily to be reached by a driver.

2017 LaCrosse rides on GM’s new global midsize platform that uses lighter high-strength steels to shed 300 pounds (136kg) over its predecessor. New features include a five-link rear suspension, as well as available a HiPer Strut front suspension and an electronically controlled Continuous Damping Control active suspension.

2017 Buick LaCrosse is powered by V6 3.6 liter producing 305 and mated to 8-speed automatic transmission. For the drivetrain, Buick offers FWD or the first ever twin-clutch AWD system.

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Lincoln just revealed the updated of MKZ at 2015 LA Auto Show. 2017 MKZ seems to be the first model to use a new company’s design language that has been previewed by Lincoln Continental Concept at this year’s New York Auto Show.

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We won’t see the split grille anymore because it is replaced by a rectangular grille with chrome accent. Lincoln redesigned the headlights, so now it’s bigger and features LED headlights, and LED Daytime Running Lights. When I see the car from the front, at a glance it reminds me of Audi and Jaguar. Moreover, the car company revised its front bumper and bigger fog lights. Unfortunately, there’s no change at the rear section.

No much changes inside the luxury mid-size sedan. The automaker just changed the slider adjustments to dials and sliders. The American company now offers two theme for the interior, Chalet and Vineyard. Furthermore, the 4-door sedan features a retractable panoramic glass roof.

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The refreshed MKZ now features the latest Ford Park Assist, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, auto hold feature which will keep the car at a complete stop, without the driver having to press and hold the brake pedal, and the Lincoln Drive Control, providing three drive modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

A big change is under the hood. Now, latest MKZ comes up with GTDI V6 3.0 liter twin-turbo producing 400 hp and 542 Nm of torque for AWD model making it the most powerful Lincoln ever built. If you bought the FWD version you will get slower power, 350 hp with the same torque number. The hybrid version is still available with 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo delivers 245 hp.

2017 Lincoln MKZ is ready go on sale in Summer 2016.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Buick & Lincoln

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